KARIM BENZEMA shook off his injury worries to score a stunning volley as Real Madrid overcame local rivals Atletico.
The Madrid captain missed his side’s Champions League win midweek after hobbling away against Real Sociedad last Saturday.
But there is no sign of any haste as the 33-year-old captain returns to action for Sunday’s big Madrid derby.
And the striker opened the scoring with a delicate right-footed volley 16 minutes into the clash at the Bernabeu.
Marco Asensio added a second midway through the second half as Real won 2-0 against a listless Atletico
The result was TEN consecutive victories for Carlo Ancelotti’s men as they tightened their grip on the top spot in LaLiga.
Benzema only managed the first 45 minutes but made the most of his time as he volleyed from a perfect Vinicius Jr.
It was his 17th career goal against Atletico and his 13th of the season to lead the La Liga table.
Vinicius was the man of the match after picking up another assist in the second half.
This time it’s for Asensio as Real extend their 11-match unbeaten run against local rivals.
Ancelotti’s team is currently at the top of the table, eight points ahead of second-placed Sevilla.
Atletico finished 13th in fourth, despite having played one game less than leaders Real.
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